Hubpages advantages of tweaking old hubs

Is it only me, or do you find that some of your old hubs could do with a little TLC? They may be Hubs from when you first began writing for Hubpages, or simply Hubs that would benefit from any updates available on Hubpages.

This will no doubt not be the only Hub on Hubpages about this subject. You may have read similar before.Still if we all share what we have learned with time and experience, perhaps we can all benefit from improving our Hubs. If nothing else, changes may help to attract a new audience to an old hub and therefore bring you some welcome revenue.

Let's start with the Hub's title

In order to attract readers, your title needs to be relevant and easily found by search engines. Obscure, fun titles are fine if you do not care whether or not anyone reads your hubs. However, you will not make any money this way. Check a keyword tool for your title in order to maximise the earning potential of your Hub. Amend your title if necessary.

Try to make the hub's title timeless. Some of my Hubs have had 2009 included in them which puts a deadline on their relevance. Aim for a timeless appeal in order to keep getting traffic to your hubs.

Keywords or Tags

These are the main way that Internet traffic finds your hub. If they are inappropriate, or not relevant, you have not a hope in hell of attracting readers. Lately I have learned that having too many keywords, or tags, on a Hub is not a good thing. Try to ensure that each Hub has no more than 15 keywords. If it has more you may find that only those that are not very relevant are used. This could reduce traffic to your hub. Edit your keywords, and reduce to 15 or less truly relevant words or phrases.

Bulk Text

Sometimes, especially when you are new to Hubpages, you may create a huge block of text in one paragraph. This can be hard on the eye and not user friendly. Look at breaking this text down into smaller blocks and paragraphs. This will make it easier to read. No matter how interesting and unusual your Hub is, readers will often only visit your Hub briefly, if it is not appealing to look at and reader friendly.

Bugs and non functioning blocks.

Returning to your hubs after time may also help you to identify any potential problems. Sometimes an RSS feed may no longer be working or an Amazon block may no longer show any items. These need to be amended so that your hub has a balanced look, is new and fresh and is making you money.

AdSense, Amazon and E Bay

Make sure that the ads running on your Hubs are the best available, relevant and appropriate. Change what you think is not working for you. By trial and error you should be able to work out what works best for you.

Links

Similarly links to other Hubs or websites may no longer be working or relevant. Search for fresh links to add current appeal.

Hubpages improvements

Over time Hubpages keeps adding extra functions and generally improving their website. With all the competition on-line these days it is vital to stay ahead of the game if possible. However if you have old Hubs remember that they be improved by including some of these changes.

Amend, update, tweak and more.

Particularly if you a hub that has been somewhat of a flop, try amending, tweaking, updating and enhancing this piece of work. If it has earned you little money and few visitors what have you got to lose. Once the changes have been made promote your Hub again as you would if it was brand new.

Run the spell checker on each block and amend where necessary. Preview the hub and read it through looking for sentences that do not make sense. I for one often think that I have 100% checked a hub only to find a typo at a later date.

Final thoughts

Sometimes despite your best efforts traffic may not improve to a particular Hub. You can only change and improve so far, after all. You may as well leave this hub as it could be useful in the future. If you really feel it is letting you down delete it.

One thing you need to do though is try and understand why this hub has flopped. It could be the subject matter, content or perhaps the style of the hub. Identifying why it is not a winner may help prevent similar mistakes in the future.

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jiro 4 years ago from India

very good ideas


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Not sure forlan I never have. Some hubbers think such content pulls their overwll score down. You could try revamping your hubs and retweeting etc. Deleting is suh a drastic step


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forlan 6 years ago

Great Idea. Do you think we should delete the hubpages whose has no visitor or update it? I heard some hubber delete the hubpages and resubmit the content? Off course they have improve the content.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Thanks Wayne. Yes I like that link also. It makes life easier.


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

Tweaking my hubpages have certainly improved their traffic by at least 70% in most cases, but you always get a few duds in the pack and they more than likely will never get traffic, unless certain algorythms change in the search engines and it suddenly ranks well, which has happened before to at least 4 of my hubpages, suddenly they just take off and are away!!

So yes, updating your hubpages is a great idea, especially if there is new information to add to it and any new photos too which also help.

I like the new suggested link feature as you can target your own hubpages if you have some high hubscored hubpages on relevant topics for each hubpage.

Nice hubpage!


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

You are welcome lis. I think some of my earlier ones need condemning


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liswilliams 6 years ago from South Africa

you definitely right, a lot of the older hubs need a lot of TLC. Thanks for the reminder ;)


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Your hubs are alwys wonderful James. I am trying to tweak some of mine but now I have so many it is not easy. Shot myself in the foot yet again :)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Well said. I need to step back and go through my older Hubs just as you say and improve them. I've learned so much since I started here. Thank you for this needful Hub.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Thanks :0 I am still learning though so remember to write about or pop back with your tips.


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4FoodSafety 6 years ago from Fontana, WI

Old hubs with TLC - you are delightful to read! And great to learn from - thank you! Off to polish a few Hubs. I am having a great time with the keywords. I know I must also look for the dollars but the simplicity to get traffic is a huge help to the newbie here.

Love your help on the 15 tags - I will be sure to clean up my tags and match with the headings. Wow! Very helpful hub!


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

So do I Peggy. Amending my hubs is work in progress but seems never ending


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thanks for this good advice Ethel. I need to go back and rework a bunch of my earlier hubs. Have been doing some of it but need to do more. I also did not know about the 15 tags! I still have so much to learn!!!


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Neither did I Billy. It is something I learned via Hubtrails.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Ethel thanks for the tips never knew about the 15 tags either!


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Thanks for the visit Eileen. I think I have one or two that I might delete. Talk about work in progress :)


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Great hub ethel, yes i have done that as well, And I have deleted about 5 of my hubs and completely rewrote one of them. thanks for keeping us up to scratch


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Thanks Guys.

Maggs I need all the help I can get.

I wonder if there is any way that a URL can be changes when we change a title. I shall post a forum question I think.

Yes everything old can become new here.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain

Hi Ethel, I have been trying to freshen up some of my earlier hubs and have changed the title of one or two hubs. I have also gone back and taken some stuff out and put some new bits in which I think makes them read a little better. Thanks for the advice I for one can use all I can get I gave you a thumbs up, thanks for sharing.


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lxxy 6 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Excellent tips! Suddenly everything old is new again. ;)


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Thanks Mick, hope it helps


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MickS 6 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

Watcha Ethel,

good stuff there, very useful.

best

Mick


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Thanks all. Yes it is a shame it is so time consuming. It is worth it though I think. Unless you arrive at Hubpages clued up on keywords SEOs and the like it is a steep learning curve. Well it was and is for me.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Great info! I tweaked a low-rating hub last week, and it jumped 15 points in a day or so!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware

You are right ethel. I notice a big difference in my early hubs compared to the ones I currently write. It can be time consuming, but as I run across older hubs I try to read them and edit them a little. Good advice, as usual.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Great advice. I have been tweaking a lot of my old hubs lately. I'm almost embarrassed of some of my first ones. lol


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I've been doing this. As you said, we learn as we go along and it's a good idea to go back and fix or update the earlier hubs. It's time consuming, though.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Thanks girls, yes I think it does. Hopefully we can all keep sharing such advice as and when we learn it.


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daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

I have been tweaking quite a bit lately.

Helpful hub!


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

ethel, great advice. I did update a few of mine..changed title etc. In one day it went to the 70's. I was astonished....it does work.

Thanks for sharing.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Well HH that is what I have been led to believe. I am told that Hubpages sometimes only shows 15 of a hub's tags. This can mean that the ones shown are not the best. Thanks for the rapid visit hh. I am signing for tonight so will catch you tomorrow.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

UUUUH who is clever? I am only joking and don't get offended. I never knew that only 15 tags should be used. When you mentioned it I thought it was just a rule of the - I forgot - is it Europe trail. Thank you for such a great hub and great help. I will amend all my hubs.

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